Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup

Hearty and savory beef & tomato macaroni soup is filling and full of flavor. It only requires a handful of pantry staples.

If you love quick and hearty soups, you will love this beef & tomato macaroni soup. It is delicious paired with a salad and some fresh warm Potato Rolls, or perfectly substantial on it’s own!

Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup served in a white bowl

AKA Goulash

Good morning blog land! I cannot tell you how excited I was to wake up this morning to a crisp cool feeling in the air. Granted it was still in the high 70’s (ok, lets be honest, low 80’s). But even still, there is always a special feeling as the temperatures start to drop. Its my favorite time of year for so many reasons. One of which is SOUP.

Let me be clear, the Luna family is not afraid to make soup all year long, even on a 115 degree day. However, cooler temps are always a wonderful excuse to cook up something warm. Which brings me to today’s wonderfully warm recipe… Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup!

We tried this recipe a few weeks ago and instantly fell in love. The kids couldn’t get enough of it, which makes it a new family favorite. The Worcestershire sauce combined with the brown sugar makes for a perfectly sweet and savory flavor that is irresistible. Best part is that the goulash soup is made from standard ingredients that we always have in the fridge and pantry, which means we can make it any time. Some may call this goulash, but we don’t make our regular goulash so soup-y which is why this is more of a macaroni soup to us. 😉

Tips, Variations + Storing Info

To make this in the crockpot, make sure to cook the meat first and then add everything else, except the pasta. Cook on low for 4-6 hours and 30 minute before serving to make the pasta as normal. Stir in the pasta and let everything sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

To make this in an instant pot, sauté the beef and then add in all of the other ingredients. Turn the instant pot on high pressure for 4 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.


  • Add in frozen or fresh vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, carrots etc) to increase nutritional value of the soup
  • Replace the minced garlic with 2 cloves of garlic
  • We like using ketchup because we usually have it on hand, as well as the fact that some tomato sauce cans don’t come in 8oz cans.
  • To make this slightly healthier you can use ground turkey or ground chicken instead of ground beef because it is less fatty.

STORE it in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days and rewarm individual servings in the microwave and larger servings on the stove.

Make this soup ahead, perhaps 30 minutes ahead of time and let it simmer on the stove. Or you can pour the soup in the crockpot and put it on warm until the party starts. Just beware that the pasta might get a bit mushier the long it sits in the pot.

To FREEZE, let the soup (without the pasta) cool completely and then scoop it into a freezer safe bag. It is best if you let it freeze while laying flat. Then after it’s frozen you can store the bags vertically to save space. It should last about 3 months in the freezer before you thaw and warm it on the stove. At this point you can add in cooked pasta.

Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup served in a white bowl


For more Soup Recipes, try:

Hamburger Macaroni Soup Recipe

4.97 from 32 votes
Hamburger Macaroni Soup is packed with flavor and it only requires a handful of pantry staples. It's hearty and delicious!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 218 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 58 oz beef broth
  • 56 oz tomatoes chopped (2 28 oz cans)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups dry macaroni
  • garlic salt and pepper to taste as desired
  • cheese if desired


  • In a large stock pot, add ground beef, garlic, and onion powder - cook until beef is no longer pink. Drain the grease.
  • Add broth, cans of chopped tomatoes, Worcestershire, brown sugar (optional), ketchup, and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil and simmer for 8-10 minutes
  • Add the dry macaroni and let cook for 15 minutes. Top with cheddar cheese, if desired, and ENJOY!


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  1. 5 stars
    This is a lot of food for only a few people, so there will be left overs. Soup with macaroni will not keep because the pasta will absorb all the juice. Keep the pasta separately. When serving, add pasta to a bowl and fill with the soup mixture. Soup and pasta will keep in the refrigerator as long as you keep them separated. Love this recipe. Wouldn’t change a thing.

  2. I can’t wait to try this recipe. My mom use to make me macaroni and tomatoes and it was one of my favorite foods. I absolutely loved it. This looks very similar except it’s got hamburger meat. It looks very good.

      1. Hi we call this Hangover Soup have been having since I was a child and my mom made it. Can you please explain what the brown sugar adds to the soup? It and the ketchup are the only differences and I am just curious. Thank you

        1. It would just add a sweeter flavor. How fun that you have enjoyed this soup for years as well! It’s one of our favorites!

  3. I made. this beef and and ,tomato macaroni soup a lot. it so good . it. turns out perfect every time.

    1. Oh I’m so happy to hear that!! So glad you enjoy the soup. It’s a favorite over here too!

  4. 4 stars
    Recipe sounds delicious, but being a single guy I have no idea where to get “a handful of panty staples” but I’ll ask some of my women friends to see if they can help me out.

    1. That description is just referring to some of the ingredients in the list…. meaning, they might be common pantry items you may have on hand. Ex) ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, canned tomatoes, seasonings, etc. You can just check that ingredient list and see if you have everything. If not, maybe some of your friends can lend you some too! 🙂

  5. I have no problem with tomatoes but my daughter developed a dislike for them when she was pregnant. What else could I use to make up for the tomatoes? I always love tomatoes but afraid she will not eat it but I would love to try and my 13 year old granddaughter is picky.

    1. Ooh this is a tricky recipe to omit tomatoes from, since the tomato makes up so much of the base of the soup. If it’s the actual pieces of tomatoes she doesn’t care for, you could blend up the diced tomatoes to make it more of a puree so there aren’t chunks (or even try using crushed tomatoes). If she doesn’t care for the tomato flavor, I’d probably recommend trying a different soup. Maybe something with more of a broth base or even a cream base. Our classic Chicken Noodle Soup still has the noodles, but no tomatoes anywhere! Here’s a link to more of our soup recipes, if that’s helpful:

  6. 5 stars
    Hahaha! I think you meant to write “pantry staples” not panty staples!
    Though better to cook with good panties on 🙂
    & I love your blog! Great recipes that are my go-to!!

    1. Oh my goodness!! Haha! Yes, definitely meant that. Thanks for catching it. I’ll make sure to go in and update. Thanks!

  7. Trying to figure out what the ketchup and brown sugar bring to the dish. I have never seen ketchup and tomatoes in the same dish before. I make a hamburger soup like this, but no ketchup, I use a little sprinkle of sugar and I use whole tomatoes cut or lightly run through the food processor. Di Ed tomatoes are disgusting. They process them with something that causes them not to break down. But that’s what tomatoes are supposed to do, ya know? Plus this is the worst website. Ads all over the screen so you can’t read or see what you are typing. Greedy.

    1. Thanks for the feedback! Sounds like you’ve got a good recipe you enjoy using too. And the ads actually enable us to be able to provide free content to our readers, which I wouldn’t call greedy. 🙂 Thanks for understanding!

      1. I was commenting on the recipe. Worcesterdhire sauce, ketchup and brown sugar are typically used as a topping for meatloaf. I wanted to know if the recipe was correct. You, on the other hand add ND are the one being sparky as you’re the one being a Karen and not contributing to the discussion. And if the ads sitting on top of the content so you can’t read it doesn’t bother you I would call you a liar. Ads that you can’t put down are unacceptable and I believe illegal. They can’t cover up more than a certain amount of the screen.

    2. Christine, if you have nothing nice to say….keep scrolling! Why stop and be a snarky Karen?!🙄

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